Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeremiah Mills

In 2013, nearly $104 million worth of food stamps were used at military commissaries, and according to a report from non-profit Feeding America, 620,000 households that included at least one soldier, reservist or guardsman, sought assistance with their food costs. Meanwhile, that same year, the Department of Defense’s Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance, or FSSA — the program designed and funded by the DoD to keep military families from having to use food banks — rejected 96.6% of all applications.

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